It’s been too long since I’ve updated and shared my menu planning! We’ve done some traveling, some gardening and some baking over the past few weeks. The gardens are exploding and the chickens are (finally) laying eggs!
We surprised my mother-in-law in Oakland for her 70th birthday – awesomely fun 3 days celebrating with the West Coast family. It was great to see everyone again and certainly made me wish there wasn’t so much land between us so we could visit more often. Of course, the food was amazing – paella, ribs, BBQ veggies, chopped salads and cake 🙂
My sisters-in-law got me to sign up for Stitchfix and Blue Apron. Do you like my new fancy pants? Definitely out of my black-pants-to-work comfort zone but I think that’s the whole point…. And, the Blue Apron meals came in handy when we were out of town. The kids and grandparents had home-cooked dinners without having to plan and shop. Have you tried any of these fashion or food subscriptions? What do you think?
(Please excuse the obvious location of this photo! Yes, I’m standing in the ladies room holding my lunch. I needed a full length mirror!)
We weren’t home for long before Alex and I headed out to Albuquerque to visit Ana. (We are getting a head start on this empty-nesters thing.) We had an action and food packed four days – from hiking and fly-fishing in the mountains, to the Rio Grande gorge in Taos, $4 breakfast burritos, unbelievable flavors in Santa Fe, and BBQ’ing with old and new friends – we enjoyed every minute and are already planning our next trip.
Back home, we’re eating lots of greens from the garden, salad variations and starting to break out the BBQ.
See you all next week! xo M.
I’m so happy Spring is coming. The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, the lettuces are growing, and the chickens are free and will start laying eggs soon!
Here are a few things we’ve been eating around our dinner table.
Enjoy! xo M.
I’ll be honest. I do not like February. Dreary gray days. Cold nights. A tease of a snow day. A little too much Netflix and sleep, and not enough sunshine and exercise. Some days I’m inspired enough to put together a good comfort food dinner, and other days we make do with fried eggs and spinach.
- Super Bowl smoked brisket, smoked chicken wings, cole slaw, steamed shrimp, peppers stuffed with goat cheese, green salad
- green salad blue cheese, avocados, dried cherries, toasted pecans
- shrimp w peanut sauce, couscous, green salad
- pork adovada, black beans, corn tortillas,
- hamburgers, kale sautéed w/tons of garlic
- chicken roasted with jerk sauce, rice, green beans
- lentil and cauliflower soup
- chicken legs/thighs w/bbq sauce, cord pudding, green vegetable
- bottom round roast in oven
- yogurt/tahini marinated chicken, couscous, avocado/tomato salad
- grits, eggs, greens
- arroz con pollo, steamed broccoli
- soup w/sausage, beans, carrots/celery/onions/garlic, kale
- tacos (great deal on avocados at WFM – 5 for $5 plus a $1 coupon)
- Vietnamese salad w pork, cabbage, peanuts
- pork stuffed w/goat cheese, spinach and red pepper
- green salad with peas and corn (from frozen), provolone and pine nuts
- pancake mix
- m&m cookies
- coconut, pecan, chocolate cookies
When I’m done planning my next road trip, I will make a list and get the grocery shopping done for the week ahead. Here’s what I have in mind:
Enjoy and love each other. xo M.
How were your holidays? We had a house full of family and friends. Lots of prep, lots of noise, lots of food but mostly lots of love. Some highlights:
- Kids sign you up for 5 dozen sugar cookies for the Christmas party? Sure, no problem, right?!
- More cookies? Here’s some of our family favorites, repeated every year at this time: Snickerdoodles, lucky pennies, cocoa crinkles, black forest cookies, jam thumbprints, peppermint bark….
- Need a new spin on classics for Christmas dinner ? How about duchess baked potatoes and creamed spinach to go with the prime rib. Of course, sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
- All that celebrating left you with some opened bottles of red wine? Coq au Vin.
- Feeling like you could use a meal without an excess of bread, meat, cheese or sugar? Four bean and pumpkin chili or roasted cauliflower and potato curry soup or squash soup with quinoa.
- Rather have salad? How about kale salad with roasted sweet potatoes or Asian chicken cranberry salad.
- Turkey lasagna (love the extra veggies in this one)
- Ooooh, this looks like a tasty easy weeknight meal – lemon basil chicken thighs.
- Sure, I’ll try a new slow cooker recipe – braised beef with carrots and turnips.
- It’s cold but sunny outside. Do yoga? Go for a run? Can’t decide? OK, then, make biscuits. Don’t have buttermilk on hand? We always keep powdered buttermilk around. Serve with butter and caramelized honey from Santa Fe.
- Another day off work when the kids are all home? Head to DC and explore something new – Korean tacos at Union Market, gelato at Dolcezza, cortado with cinnamon at Tryst, browse the book store, another coffee stop at Philz, then head over to Georgetown for some browsing and happy hour.
Tonight we continue a new tradition of family Resolution Dinner. We go around the table and set resolutions for each other. Ana’s making enchiladas with chiles from New Mexico. I’m looking forward to it, and not just because of the food. Here’s to a great 2017! xo M.
Over the last few weeks, “normal” weeknight meals have been scattered around the fun of Thanksgiving, birthday celebrations, soccer tournaments and school plays. It’s been fun and a bit challenging to make sense of the food leftover in the fridge and cupboards…. and balancing the cold weather foods with the I-need-to-detox feelings!
Thanksgiving planning was done by Isabel this year, via the following note left out for us:
Did I miss anything? xo M.
Last weekend I visited Ana in Albuquerque. Amazing! Big blue skies. Sunny. Beautiful mix of Native American and Latino cultures and people. And, the food! So good! Everything smothered in green or red (or both) chile sauce. Green enchiladas at Duran Central pharmacy. Chorizo and egg burrito or carne adovada at Garcia’s (note to self, must make carne adovada at home soon). Breakfast burrito and blueberry and brie pancakes at Central Grille. Afternoon snack of biscochitos and green chile bread, and later a stop for espresso. A day trip to Santa Fe for dinner at The Shed and a spicy chocolate elixir from Kakawa chocolate.
The one night we stayed in for dinner, we cooked Chile Rellenos (chorizo, queso fresco), rice with tomatoes, fresh salsa….
Back at home, I’m making posole for dinner tonight. Sort of a combination of a few different recipes. Seared the pork butt, soaked and simmered the posole, put it all together with some chile pods and seasonings from NM, and let it cook all day. Looking forward to dinner tonight!!!